As I've been studying the book of Romans, I've been thinking about so many things concerning sin, Antinomianism (against rules), and apathetic Christians. I wanted to talk about all three together, as they relate to what I've been learning in Romans, but there's so much I will have to make this a series.It's important to understand, as a Christian, that we cannot continue in sin.
Paul spoke to the Romans about a set of boundaries in Christianity. As I cross referenced verses specific to God judging the self-righteous Jews for judging others (when they do the same thing), I came across this passage
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Gal 5:19-21 ESV)
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
(Eph 5:5-10 ESV)
Now these verses specifically apply to Christians who continue in their sin. These verses show that those who have not shown an act of repentance as a sign of true salvation will make the above mentioned sins a habitual act. The verses show what a true believer is like and what a non believer is like, or even a supposed Christian acting like a believer. This is the test of faith. It's very harsh, but very revealing. It encouraged me to take a look at my sin and find habitual sins that I needed to quit that I hadn't really thought about before. A lot of Christians tend to overlook blatant sin. We live in a society where Christians watch dirty movies all the time and just say, "Oh, I fast forward through the bad parts." What? Is that what a Christian looks like? I'm tired of hearing Christians talk about filthy movies. It's wrong. It's sin. I'm tired of hearing Christians condone gambling, cussing, and telling dirty jokes. It's sin. I'm tired of hearing people ignore the truth about sin. I'm tired of Christians finding loopholes around Bible verses, so they can do as they please. We have such a warped sense of what is right and what is wrong that we can't tell the difference. Christ told us to be in the world and not of it. We are giving Christianity a bad name when we continue living like the world. When we continue in those sins, are we really true believers? Is there any spiritual fruit in our lives? I've examined myself again. This is important. A true believer denounces sin. You cannot call yourself a Christian if you continue in blatant sin.
Wayne Barber gave the story about a couple who had been in the church for a long time. One day the couple was sitting at a table and the wife told her husband that they needed to be saved. She explained that they did the same things they had always done before they were Christians even now after they had been supposedly converted. At first he held back, and then he started to tear up and told her he had known he wasn't a true believer for a long time. They ended up receiving Christ that day. This is important. Examine yourself. Are you a true believer?